I am one of the lucky ones. I’m fairly certain that I have the best dad in the entire world. (Although, I may be a little bit biased…) One of my very first memories as a child was the time my dad took me to get ice cream after a traumatic fall landed me in urgent care in need of stitches. I must have been around three-years-old at the time, but I remember it well. I actually remember him carrying me while we picked out which flavor of ice cream I would get.
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As I got older, there were Yahtzee tournaments, father/daughter dinner “dates,” Friday night T.G.I.F. (for those of you who remember the Friday night television line-up!), rock concerts, and walks to the park. I can’t begin to describe how much fun my dad is to be around! Riding a roller coaster with him is priceless! I laugh so hard that I’m in tears before the ride is even over. (Disneyland with him is a blast!)
The Bible refers to God as our “Heavenly Father.” The father/child relationship is used throughout the Old and New Testaments to describe the relationship between God and man. My dad isn’t perfect by any means (no parent is), but He never neglected to show me love. He always had my best interest at heart, and I will always love him for that.
For those who can’t say that about their dads, seeing God as a “father” figure may not be all that pleasant. It may be difficult to imagine a loving Father in heaven when your earthly father wasn’t kind or was absent altogether. The Bible tells us, however, that God is good. He promises to be a good Father to all of His children; and unlike us, He is always faithful to keep His promises.
8 Attributes of Our Heavenly Father…
1) Unconditionally Loving – God loves us, even when we fail Him. (Isaiah 54:10)
2) Forgiving – The parable of the prodigal son is a perfect example of God’s forgiveness. (Luke 15:20-24)
3) Consistently Faithful – Unlike man, it is impossible for God to be inconsistent in His character. He will never disappoint you or let you down. (James 1:17)
4) Giving – God promises to meet all our needs, and He desires to bless us. (Matthew 7:9-11)
5) Disciplinary – Just as parents need to discipline their children to help them succeed and grow, God disciplines His children. I sometimes have to step in and discipline my toddler when she is doing something she shouldn’t be doing. I do so out of love because I desire what is best for her… just as God desires what is best for us. (Deuteronomy 8:5)
6) Comforting – We all have hard days when we need a father’s comfort. God promises to be that in our lives. (Psalm 34:18)
7) Protective – We can rest in the arms of our Father and know that we are safe. (Psalm 91:9-11)
8) Father to the Fatherless – God loves you. He desires to be your Father if you will let Him. (Psalm 68:5)
Like I said before, I am one of the lucky ones. I have three men in my life who exhibit what it truly means to be a good father. They do their absolute best to be an example of God’s love in the lives of those around them. My husband is an amazing daddy to our little girls. They adore him! My father-in-law has taken me in as his own daughter. He’s a good father and an amazing “bah bah” to his granddaughters. Finally, there’s my dad. He has truly been amazing in my life. He works hard for his family, loves us all unconditionally, and yet still knows how to have fun!
I wish that everyone had what I have in these men; but unfortunately, good fathers are becoming all the rarer. No matter what your past looks like – good father, bad father, absent father, or somewhere in between – God desires to call you His child. So I have to ask the question, “Have you met my Dad?” I can speak from experience that God is good and He is always faithful. He loves you unconditionally and is ready for you to come home as His child with arms open wide.
Have you met my Dad?
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.